September was the strongest September on a percentage basis for the Dow Jones Industrial Average in 71 years. (Source: WSJ, October 4th, “Trading Volumes Sink…” C2) The Dow increased 7.7% in a fairly steady climb throughout September, rather than the volatile swings seen earlier in the year. It also increased 10.4% for the quarter and year-to-date was 3.5%. The S&P 500 gained 8.5% total return in September, its best September results since 1939 and its fourth best performance for any month in the last twenty years. (Source: BTN Research) The S&P 500 is up 3.9% year-to-date through September 30th and ended the quarter at 11.3%. The NASDAQ also is up 4.4% for the year through September 30th. It also increased 12.3% for the quarter.